Basically, don't panic.
Our planet makes a lot of sounds, and some of them are spooky.
Excerpt: The Great Halifax Explosion
Virtual renderings, made from drone maps, could help with real science
The challenges of using a headband that reads your brain waves
In Earth to Echo, an alien crash-lands in a small town and enlists the help of three kids to get home.
Massive space rocks hurtle past Earth with frightening regularity. Some scientists want to deflect them. Others want to drag one closer.
Why do we have fingerprints? How long can trees live? Why do cats purr? Artists illustrate humanity's most burning scientific questions.
Crashing celestial bodies, without the collateral damage
"Gravity has always been a major part of my life."
A new ice age, exploding stars, the hypothetical Doomsday Machine, and more scenarios that are almost certain to eradicate life on Earth
Arun Majumdar has to decide which researchers will get millions of dollars, and he has to do it fast. He must spark an energy revolution within 20 years, or it's lights out for us all.
Engineers harness sound to simplify microfluidic devices (watch the music video!)
We visit operating rooms, observatories, and islands full of slightly-less-than-rational monkeys to find the young geniuses who are shaping the future of science
Residents of one of the Internet's most populous virtual worlds shop, attend class-even run businesses. Soon you may do the same.
Forensic scientists in Switzerland are pioneering a whole new way to do autopsies. No scalpel required.
The spouting horn is a remnant of activity that has occurred intermittently between 500,000 and 3.6 million years ago.
On the Labrador Sea, the scientific crew of the research vessel Knorr hunts for underwater storms, sinks a two-mile mooring--and gathers clues to the planet's fate
A new body scanner captures tumors, blood clots and leaky arteries in action
Alan Burns made a fortune in the oil business. But as oil wanes, he's convinced that clean energy will be—must be—the next big thing. And so this inventor has poured his fortune into a challenge far greater than finding new oil deposits: extracting energy from the ocean
Weathering the waves
A father-and-son team study the science -- and art -- of folding
Yesterday's magnitude 8 earthquake sent seismic energy rippling round the world.
We're closing in on one of the most important numbers in the universe.
NASA is deliberately crashing the probes into a small mountain-like feature on the moon's north pole. Farewell, GRAIL!
Behind the scenes at the DARPA Grand Challenge, the 142-mile robot race that died at mile 7
A meteorite streaked through the sky Friday morning, exploding over central Russia. Plant your eyeballs here for the latest updates. 3:15 p.m. EST: Russia Today writes that the estimated cost of damage has been revised down from 1 billion rubles to 400 million rubles, or about $13 million.
Method might shrink particle accelerators from town size to table size
Who knew sound waves could be so combustible?
New research confirms a theory: high-frequency acoustic waves can be converted to light
Watch live commentary of the spacecrafts' demise later this afternoon.
Acoustic levitating machines grow legs
A scientist tells how LIGO changed his life
A conversation with theoretical physicist Brian Greene
Six years' worth of incredible places.
Players love the tech, but pro and amateur organizations can hardly keep up with the new materials and radical designs that have rewired and sometimes hot-wired sports.
New hazard maps and monitoring systems aim to aid timely escapes
She manipulates simple laws of physics to create “bullets” made of sound waves
Not every student falls asleep at the thought of doing another lab. For a fortunate few, homework means setting off bombs, making lightning, crashing cars, and unleashing 100mph winds. Come meet the luckiest students in the country inside (with video)
The quest to understand, explore, and protect the amazing animals
All states now have a 0.08 percent legal limit, but the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board says you're drunk at 0.05 percent blood-alcohol content.
Twenty-five curious, mysterious, or otherwise beguiling destinations to satisfy your inner science-history geek
Ready to scan the cosmos for gravity waves.
Our resident film physicist tackles the final frontier and finds some key pointers for our own space travels
Learn how to destroy expensive glassware with the power of sound
Acoustic metamaterial bends sound waves to hide ships from sonar, effectively rendering them sonically invisible
It's just simple plastic rings!
But we'll never get them out of the ground.
We asked some scientists to weigh in on this viral ear-worm.
The world's tallest building
Scientists are building ultra-cold systems that mimic the most extreme edges of the universe. Can these analogues help solve the big bang's mysteries?
For the first time since the 1970s, researchers are being allowed to study the potential medical properties of the most tightly controlled substances around. But it's not easy.
Electromagnetic fields can cloak objects from passing waves
The lab-built material focuses radio waves better than anything that occurs in nature.
When a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off Japan's eastern coast early Friday morning, we all feared a tsunami. But San Francisco gets earthquakes all the time, and we're not scared of a tsunami there. Why?
A new "memory stamp" turns physical objects like postcards and photos into hyperlinks
Defying intuition, dense enough materials can reach terminal velocity within granular solid media.
Cosmologists hope for a field-rocking announcement next week.
Sightless, flightless, and 10 feet tall.
Looking to boost your science smarts? First test your IQ organ, then follow our 6-point brain regimen. Soon you'll be crunching bogus claims and citing stats with the best.
Reinventing the keyboard to give musicians unparalleled control
Researchers see a way to eavesdrop on our brains
* that's a big, fat "might"
Two desktop-printer engineers quit their jobs to search for the ultimate source of endless energy: nuclear fusion. Could this highly improbable enterprise actually succeed?
Researchers have captured sound from an artificial atom
A state-by-state breakdown of policies that could change your community.
Once upon a time, the mantra for scientific success was "Think big." Nowadays, it's all about the ongoing mission to make things really, really small. Here, a look at the latest in Lilliputian developments
We've rounded up 2014's most mind-blowing images for your viewing pleasure
A loud and edgy solution to all our levitation needs
Recent tremors in California have brought up some common misconceptions.
Therapeutic ultrasound can now blast and cut with targeted precision.
Tim Bendel's off-the-shelf powerplant for the burgeoning private space industry. Watch him discuss it
The device can move around centimeter-sized objects.
Researchers in Hong Kong achieve near-perfect silence
PopSci tackles life's whys, hows and who-dunnits in this Q&A-style; feature
An eco-hip acoustic fridge debuts. But is anyone listening?
Catching the biggest waves takes some work
Not where you'd think.
These 10 people have signed up to die on Mars, in order to live there.
Let's nerd out about the physics of hitting a baseball as hard as you possibly can.
Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts.
It could expand our options for wave-energy harvesters.
A rare nod to technology over fundamental physics.
A California research team reveals how Mavericks, one of big-wave surfing's most famous breaks, is formed
Space-launched darts that strike like meteors
Hearing sounds smaller than any we've ever heard before
From the April 1981 issue of Popular Science: "When scientists finally detect a form of energy they have never seen, they will open a new era in astronomy."
A new device that amplifies waves and captures their energy could soon power parts of Rhode Island